July 1st has arrived and so has my debut YA novel, Spirit Legacy: Book 1 of the Gateway Trilogy! You can find it in paperback here:
And also for your Kindle here:
Signed copies can still be requested my contacting me through this site on the contact page, and also by attending one of my book signing events (in the works, stay tuned for details!) . You can also walk into any bookstore and request Spirit Legacy: they can order it for you to pick-up right in the store!
Also coming soon, Spirit Legacy for the Nook and other e-readers! Within a week or two, this format of the novel will also be available, and I will post the link in this blog!
If you purchase and enjoy Spirit Legacy, please continue to follow the Gateway Trilogy's progress here. There will be contests, Q and A's, interviews, book events, and plenty of background information on the characters, events, and inspirations for this series. Readers, I hope you will send your feedback, questions, and suggestions for fun and creative ways I can interact with my readership!
Sometimes the best part of the movie-going experience is the twenty minute barrage of trailers that precedes the feature. I love when the lights go down and that familiar excitement grows in the pit of my stomach. I love turning to my husband (or whoever I've dragged to the movie with me) and whispering, after three thrillingly-designed minutes of sensory assault, "We HAVE to go see that one!" I love having something to look forward to; often the anticipation is even better than actually seeing it! This is most often true for film versions of my favorite books.
Call me a snob, but I am almost never satisfied. Because, let's be honest: when I say, "I hope they make a movie of this book!" what I actually mean is, "I hope they make an epic eight hour marathon of a movie that includes all of my favorite details and lines, and is cast and shot exactly how I always envisioned it in my mind." So, yeah, Good luck with that, Hollywood. So far only Peter Jackson and his torrid love affair with LOTR has even come close.
So when Norm Gautreau (the BRILLIANT author who lent his considerable design talents to the interior and cover of Spirit Legacy) suggested we create a "book trailer" for Spirit Legacy, I jumped on board right away. This is a fairly new marketing tool for literature, but in this age of vlogs, memes, and viral videos, the time seemed ripe to give it a try. Norm's own book trailers can be seen on his own site at http://www.normanggautreau.com and they are quite remarkable (as are all of his books- go read them immediately!) Anyway, I took advantage of his expertise and the result is below! I hope it piques your interest in Spirit Legacy!
Okay, so, I wrote this novel.
If you've known me for any length of time, you would know that this was, actually, inevitable. And if you don't know me, I'll explain why: books and I go way back. Way, way back.
At this risk of sounding like exactly as much of a dork as I actually am, I spent a disproportionate amount of my childhood with my nose buried in a book. I devoured Little House on the Prairie. I solved mystery after mystery with Nancy Drew. I read my copy of Matilda to the last page, at which point I would immediately flip back to page one and start all over again. There was a period of time when I actually believed I was Anne of Green Gables. No, guys, seriously... I was her. And before you ask, yes, I actually did have friends.
I read in strange and unexpected places, such as under my bed, while walking down the street, and, on several occasions, while sitting in a tree. It was a lovely, socially acceptable addiction. And because I loved these books so much, because these authors were my own personal superheroes, I soon decided I wanted to write a book, too. Oh, sure, I'll just write a book. How hard can it be?
Because the truth is that I love writing every bit as much as I love reading. I'm one of those oddballs who would gleefully write a fifteen page paper in lieu of taking a multiple choice test any day. My mind boggles in delight at the millions of ways there are to express myself. But even this isn't enough to turn a whim into a manuscript. Actually, trying to write a book is just as much about dogged hard work, planning, and fact-checking as it is plucking pretty turns of phrase from the aether.
And so, twenty some-odd years and many failed attempts later, I finally tethered one of those ideas floating around in my brain and forced it to hold still long enough for me to write it from start to finish. It was a labor of love that I undertook for myself, as one of the biggest items on my own personal bucket list. And I loved doing it every bit as much as I always hoped I would. And though it started as something I did for myself, I soon realized that this was story that deserved to be read.
So now I'm sending it out into the world for other people to read, which is probably the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I'm pretty sure most writers feel this way, at least at first. The closer I get to that moment that a complete stranger picks up my book and reads it, the more convinced I am that the book I love, that I am so incredibly proud of, should have stayed locked away in a tower lest its heart get broken. But that's the nature of a book; it is nothing at all without someone to read it. So, world, meet Spirit Legacy. And Spirit Legacy, this is the world. I'm hoping the two of you hit it off.